Formerly known as the Discovery, the Land Rover LR3 got a new design for 2005 and carried forward the model’s reputation for high-capability luxury.
Intended for use on the “road less travelled,” it was popular with affluent and active shoppers around the globe.
Look for high towing capacities and plenty of ground clearance, as well as air suspension, dual-zone climate control, wood trim, premium audio, a sunroof and plenty more.
Do not purchase an LR3 without an inspection by a trained mechanic. Fluid leaks from the differentials, transmission and engine should be identified and remedied ahead of your purchase.
Have the air suspension system checked as well. Typically, this complicated system will eventually wear down and fail, causing a costly repair bill. Triple check the transmission for smooth, proper operation — as reports of electronic and mechanical problems with the LR3’s transmission aren’t uncommon.
This generation LR3 appears to become more reliable as it progresses, so opt for as new a model as your budget allows.
Look for V8 power on all models, alongside an automatic transmission and transfer-case based four-wheel drive with low-range.
What Owners Like
Style, capability, luxury, interior appearance and power were all highly rated by LR3 owners. A long list of premium features, comfortable seats and a solid, planted and comfortable ride are also loved.
What Owners Dislike
Complaints tend to centre around fuel consumption, as well as a heavy driving feel and poor rearward visibility at the corners of the vehicle.
Expect high running costs and below average reliability in exchange for world-class driving dynamics, capability and style. If you’re looking for a cheap-to-run family SUV, skip this one.